Appendix:Australian English rhyming slang

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List of Australian rhyming slang in common use.[edit]

The following is a list of well-known (to Australians) examples of Australian rhyming slang. It is not intended to be comprehensive.

Many terms are based on popular culture, and so the cant is constantly updated according to changing fashions. The terms listed here are well-established.

  • 3 KZ - "head", after former Melbourne AM radio station (now Gold-FM)
  • Adrian Quist - "pissed", i.e. drunk. Now rarely heard. Named after a well-known Australian tennis player of the 1930s and 1940s. Usually replaced now by "Olivers", from Oliver Twist.
  • Al Capone - "telephone". Strangely enough not used in US English. also someone who is always on his mobile phone is called elliot as in "elliot ness on the al capone"
  • Asafa Powell - "towell". Named after the former 100m Jamaican world record holder.
  • bag of fruit – "suit", as in suit and tie
  • barry - a "shocker", a poor performance, from the Australian crooner and actor Barry Crocker.
  • Barry Beath - teeth
  • Billy Hunt - a "cunt", a stupid person, from the Australian cricketer who played in the first test against England in the 1930's. Similar to Cockney usage of Berkshire Hunt. Also, Rex Hunt, after the famous Australian media personality and fisherman.
  • billy lids - "kids". Also tin lids or, more rarely, saucepan lids. Tin Lids was used by Jimmy Barnes' four children as their recording name.
  • Blundstone (boot) - "ute", utility vehicle, a tradesman's vehicle, from a popular brand of workman's boots.
  • boat race - the "face".
  • Bob Hope - the "soap". Goes with "Davey Gower" & "Asafa Powell". Bob Hope the famous Amercan entertainer from the 20th century.
  • bread crumb - a "bum", a derelict
  • Bugs Bunny - "money"
  • Burke and Wills - "dills", from the Australian explorers Burke and Wills who died in the Outback, as in "Don't be a Burke." This is a backformation into rhyming slang, as "Don't be a Burke" should really be "Don't be a berk", a borrowing of British rhyming slang berk.
  • butcher's (hook) - "crook", ill, unwell; also, a "look".
  • captain - a "look" or to "look", from Captain James Cook, as in "Having a good Captain's, are ya?"
  • Charley Wheeler - "sheila", Australian slang for a woman. After the famous Australian painter w:Charles Wheeler.
  • cheese and kisses - "missus", wife
  • china plate - "mate", friend, compatriot.
  • Chris Mew - to "spew", former AFL footballer for Hawthorn.
  • Coffee Scroll - "Moll", loose or promisciuous woman. Sometimes shortened to "coffee"
  • 'comic cuts or comics - the "guts"; no longer in common use.
  • Dad n Dave - "shave". From the famous comic characters created by Steele Rudd.
  • Dapto dog - a "wog", an Australian of Mediterranean or eastern European descent.
  • Darby and Joan - "all alone"
  • Davey Gower - "shower" - Named after former English cricket captain David Gower.
  • dead horse or race horse – "tomato sauce"
  • dig in the grave – shave
  • dog and bone - "telephone".
  • dog's eye - a "pie", as in "I'll 'ave a dog's eye 'n' dead 'orse."
  • dog's eye with dead horse - a meat pie with tomato sauce
  • dropkick (and punt) – a stupid person, (originally a despicable person, a "cunt"). Referring to two types of kick used in various codes of football.
  • Eau-de-Cologne - "phone" - after a deoderant that was popular in the 60s and 70s, often shortened to 'oadie'.
  • Edgar Britt - a "shit", after the name of a famous Australian jockey.
  • Fiddly-did - "quid" - after a one pound note. Not used since decimal currency introduced in 1966
  • frog and toad - "road", usually in the phrase "hit the frog 'n 'toad" (that is depart)
  • Gary Ablett - "tablet" - after the dead 17yo girl who ended up in Gary Ablett's bed.
  • Germaine Greer - "ear" - after the women's rights activist, commentator & author.
  • ginger (ale) - "tail", as in "Get off me ginger!" (stop following me), or "a swift kick up the ginger".
  • gingerbeer – "engineer"
  • goanna - a "piano" (pianner).
  • good cheer - "beer"
  • Gregory Peck - "a Cheque"
  • half-back flanker - "wanker", a position in Australian rules football
  • hammer (and tack) - "back"
  • Harold Holt or Harry Holt - salt (no longer commonly used but is still understood by most Australians); to disappear, to bolt, to depart quickly (as in to do a/the Harold (Holt)); referring to the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who disappeared while swimming at a beach in 1967
  • hi diddle diddle - "middle", particularly in Australian rules football
  • horse's hoof - a "poof", a homosexual
  • hugs 'n' kisses - "missus"
  • Jack - to "jack" someone, to take the last of everything, over everyone. To "jack" someone is not a nice or considerate thing to do, "jacks" take great pleasure is "jacking".
  • jack - VD, from "Jack (and the box)", for "pox".
  • Jack the dancercancer, "the big 'C'"
  • James Hird - "turd"
  • Jimmy Britts - the "shits", either diarrhoea or annoyance.
  • Joe Blake - a "snake"
  • Johnny Raper - "paper", a newspaper, from the Australian rugby league footballer Johnny Raper.
  • Knees - "please"
  • Khyber Pass - "arse". often abbrev. such as "he needs a damn good kick up the Khyber"
  • Les Kiss - "piss", from former 1980s Australian rugby league international Les Kiss, as in "I'm going for a Les Kiss."
  • loaf of bread - "head"
  • meat pie - a "try", a score in Rugby football
  • Morton Bay fig - a "wig"
  • Noah's (Ark) - a "shark"
  • Onkaparinga - "finger", after place in South Australia and blanket manufacturer
  • optic, optic nerve - a "perve", leering look, as in "Eh, china, have an optic at that sheila!"
  • Oxford scholar - a "dollar"
  • Pat (Malone) - "on one's own", as in "left him on his Pat Malone".
  • polly waffle - brothel. From the proprietary name of a chocolate bar.
  • pork pie, porky pie or porkies - "lie", typically a white lie, as in "When I looked into it I realised the whole story was a porky pie". Originally British.
  • red hots - the "trots", that is, trotting horse races or Diarrhea.
  • Reg Grundy's - "undies", underpants, from Reg Grundy, well known Australian television producer, sometimes also "Reginalds".
  • rock and roll - the "dole", unemployment benefits, social security payments, as in "He won't work in an iron lung as long as he can get on the rock 'n' roll."
  • Ronny Coote - having a "root".
  • rubbity or rubbity-dub - a "pub"
  • sandshoe - thank you
  • sausage roll – "goal", as in scoring point(s) for the team.
  • scotch tape - to "rape", generally used in shortened form "scotch"
  • septic (or seppo) – "American", short for septic tank, which rhymes with Yank.
  • sky rocket – "pocket"
  • snake's – "piss", from snake's hiss, as in "I'm busting for a snake's."
  • steak and kidney - "Sydney".
  • Spanish Dancer - Cancer.
  • Stuey Dew - to "spew", named after former AFL footballer for both Port Adelaide and Hawthorn.
  • sway and swerve - perv (see above)
  • swing and a miss - "piss", from American baseball terminology, as in "Time for a swing and a miss."
  • tea leaf - "thief".
  • Tin Tank - "Bank".
  • trouble and strife – "wife", as in "I can't come out I gotta stay home with the trouble and strife."
  • Uncle Merv - to "perv"
  • Wallaby Ted - 'rooted' (Roo-Ted), tired from strenuous activity
  • Wally Grout - "shout", to buy a round of drinks, from the Australian cricketer by that name, as in "It’s your Wally". Depending on context, it could also mean "stout" or "snout".
  • Warwick Farm - "arm", from the racecourse in Sydney, Australia, as in "He grabbed her by the Warwick Farms".
  • Westpac banker - "wanker"

Will often be used in an abbreviated manner - such as "go & grab some bugs" - meaning "bugs bunny" - which rhymes with "money". Or - "stick that in your sky" - meaning "sky rocket" - which rhymes with "pocket".

An example of "hello friend, here is the money I owe you, put it in your pocket, and give it to your wife" - would be expressed "'ello china, got some bugs for ya, sky 'em - give 'em to ya cheese"

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